Dinner Party Extravaganza & A Strange Oatmeal Combo

Happy Mooooonday Everyone!

How’s daylight savings treating all of you? I can’t say that I like the fact that it’s going to be dark out before I get out of work tonight, but at least it was light out this morning when I woke up.<—-Trying to see the “bright” side of things! ;-)


Yesterday’s breakfast was a nice bowl of hot oatmeal. I usually have oatmeal on the weekends, and yogurt during the week because during the week I eat breakfast at my desk, hence the lack of weekday breakfast posts.

One of my favorite oatmeal combinations is maple spice oatmeal with flax-seed, half a banana and peanut butter mixed in. Yesterday I realized that I had run out of bananas, so that combo really wasn’t an option anymore. I remembered that I had some figs in my fridge, so I figured I’d throw some of those in there and see where it got me.

I was a little skeptic. Figs, oatmeal and peanut butter sounds kind of strange, but much to my surprise it was DELICIOUS! This is definitely a winning combo in book, and to think that this never would have happened if I hadn’t run out of bananas. It’s funny the way things work out sometimes isn’t it?

Fun fact: I love almost every fruit (except cantaloupe, yuck!) but figs hold a special place in my heart. I’ve always said that I want a fig tree so that I could enjoy figs all year round. Too bad the New England weather won’t allow that, sigh.

Dinner Party extravaganza

Over the weekend my mom had a dinner party for some family and friends. Not because she is my mom, but the woman is an amazing cook! So when she asked me to help her prep a few dishes, I gladly said yes because I knew that I’d be able to pick up some tips and tricks of my own.

Her menu for this get together involved several tastes of miniature portioned foods, instead of one big meal. I like this idea because I typically tend to get full off one dish, and never get around to tasting everything that I wanted to!<—-Huge bummer!

For this dinner party the menu involved small tastes of:

Ricotta Stuffed Veal Meatballs

Baby Stuffed Peppers

Mini Seafood Pies


Arugula Salad with Figs

And my favorite little tasting of them all were the mini arancini. Almost too cute to eat!

For those of you who may not know, arancini are fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs. They are primarily a Sicilian food, (where my family is from) but can be found all over Italy. They are usually filled with meat sauce, but you can fill them with anything you want! The arancini that we made over the weekend were filled with ham and cheese, and they were much smaller than the usual size.

Some typical fillings are: Any kind of sauce, vegetables, cheese or even chocolate! Yes chocolate…..Basically they are amazing, and I suggest you try them at least once in your life.

Aside from the amazing food, check out this extensive table setup.

I can’t say I inherited the creative gene from my mom, but maybe I can learn?  Or I’ll just have to call her when I want to have a grownup fancy dinner party of my own! ;-)


Have you ever thrown a fancy smancy dinner party of your own? 

What is your favorite oatmeal combination?

Quote of the Day

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.”

-Dale Carnegie

P.S: Don’t forget to check out my very first fashion post!



  1. Ahhh! I love putting figs on my oatmeal…adding them to Trader Joes Greek Froyo is delicious too :) I’ve been rocking the pumpkin protein oats for the last month…yep I’m one of those, but I still can’t get enough of them!

  2. I love the idea of doing small bites for a dinner party, everything looks fantastic!
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  3. I think the only time I had figs was in a newton…maybe on top of some pizza at some stage. Looks good though. And wow that dinner party looks amazing!

  4. its just a blunt top triangle. She cast on so as to start with about one foot and then deaescerd on each side as she moved up the cape. So the bottom was about 1 wide and the top a couple of inches. Then she crocheted a couple of ties at the top.Sorry, that’s the extent of the details but, it was really that simple. Good enough for a funny photo. I would warn that it may not be safe to leave them unattended in these.

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